An Evening with Brian Wood
Saturday, 26 October 2019 from 19:30-21:30
The Phoenix Theatre & Arts Centre
Station Road, Bordon, Hampshire, GU35 0LR Bordon
Don’t miss a great opportunity to listen to Brian’s engaging and inspirational talk. It will take you into the battlefield during his experiences within the British Army.
He grew up, and still lives locally, in Whitehill. He was awarded the Military Cross and has written a book.
– What it was like to lead men into enemy positions with bayonets fixed, out gunned and out numbered.
– Battlefield confusion and trusting fellow soldiers.
– My emotional and mental battle.
– Struggles of transitioning to family life post war.
– To be completely vindicated by a public inquiry in 2014.
– Resilience through time of adversity
– Mindset in the face of adversity
– Decision making in extreme situations
– Emotion on and off the battle field.
He will be doing a book signing and Q&A after the event.
Double Crossed: A Code of Honour, A Complete Betrayal
At the age of 23, Brian Wood was thrust into the front line in Iraq, in the infamous Battle of Danny Boy Ambushed, he led a bayonet charge across open ground with at least 20 insurgents firing at just five soldiers. On his return, he was awarded the Military Cross.
But Brian’s story had only just begun. Struggling to re-integrate into family life, he suffered from PTSD. Then, five years later, a letter arrived: it summoned him to testify at the Al-Sweady inquiry into allegations of war crimes by British soldiers during the Iraq invasion of 2003.
After five years of public shame, Brian took the stand and his powerful testimony led to full vindication. Phil Shiner, the lawyer who made the accusations, was struck off.
In this compelling memoir, Brian speaks powerfully and movingly about the three battles in his life, from being ambushed with no cover, to the mental battle to adjust at home, to being falsely accused of hideous war crimes. It’s a remarkable and dark curve which ends with his honour restored but, as he says, it was too little, too late.
Tickets: £12.00 (concs/members/ex & current serving military personnel £11.00)